black history month

Sybrina Fulton (center), Tracy Martin (center in LOVE hat), and many more take part in Trayvon Martin's Peace Walk in Miami Gardens, FL, on February 10, 2018.

Credit: Chachi Senior for Paramount Network

While we usually write about Paramount+ as a great destination for entertainment, it's also an excellent resource for learning more about U.S. and world history, breaking news, and sports. For Black History Month, we've been highlighting talented performers, classic films, and African American veterans from the entertainment industry.

Paramount+ offers a wealth of documentary stories about the African American experience in American history—including very recent history—made by gifted filmmakers, so we're turning the spotlight on six outstanding examples. They range in length from a multipart, six-episode series to a 15-minute short film.

Fair warning: Many of the stories these documentaries tell are not for the faint of heart. But they're all well told and all worth the time time spent watching.

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Watch all six of these documentaries on Paramount+.

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A lobby card for the 1953 release of The Joe Louis Story

Credit: Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

For Black History Month this year, we turned to Paramount+ in search of lower-profile movies with historical connections that might slip by your queue. It didn’t take long for us to find not just a single winner, but two looks at a world champion.

Glamorous, powerful, and soft-spoken, Joe Louis garnered more press in his time than Franklin Delano Roosevelt and earned more money than Babe Ruth. Two vintage movies streaming now on Paramount+ offer insight into his heroic journey.

Stream Spirit of Youth and The Joe Louis Story on Paramount+.

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Photo Credit: Nino Muñoz/The CW.

By Nate Millado

Good shows make us laugh or cry; great shows make us think long after the end credits roll. To borrow from the title of The Neighborhood's Season 1 ender: "Welcome to the Conversation."

In honor of Black History Month, Watch salutes groundbreaking shows, breakout performances, and barrier-breaking moments featuring African-American televisionaries.

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